Oulart & The Ballagh: Christmas Masses - St Patrick's Church, Oulart was packed to capacity for Christmas Eve Mass with many former parishioners visiting for the festive season.
The choir, under the direction of Seán Hallahan, with organist Kathleen O'Hanlon and principal soloist Chloe Kenny-Carton, transported us to the heavens with their rendition of all the traditional carols and especially with the psalm 'Today a Saviour has been born to us' (Seán and Chloe) and 'O Holy Night' (Chloe).
Parish priest, Fr Paddy Browne took the opportunity to thank all who contribute to the life of the church and parish and he made special mention of Jim Doyle and Brendan, who had erected the Crib. Santa Claus visited the church after Mass on Christmas Day and as usual, talked to the children and treated them to sweets.
New Year greetings
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GAA Christmas Draw
First Prize of €500 was won by Lar Corrigan while Kevin Kennedy won €250. Prizes of €50 were won by Pat O'Sullivan, Paul Hayes, James Mongan, Robbie Jacob and Trevor and Teresa Gregan. Corrigan's Spar Vouchers valued at €40 were won by Hugh Sheridan, John Nolan, Pat O'Neill and Craig and Stephen Davitt. Vouchers (€40) for Pierce Redmond's Raheenduff were won by John-Joe Hyland, Ronan Doyle and Shane and Angela Reddy. Bob's Bar Meal Vouchers (€40) were won by Larry Kehoe, John and Liz Dunne and Noel and Trudy Ormonde.
At the finals of the Martin Storey Hurling Tournament held in Oulart a few weeks ago a Bucket Collection was taken up and the proceeds was divided equally between St Vincent de Paul and South-East Simon Community. A cheque for €250 was handed over to each charity.
Senior citizens' party
The annual senior citizens' Party will be held in Oulart Community Centre on Sunday, December 5, beginning at 1 p.m. If you or someone you know is eligible to attend but has not yet received an invitation please contact Eddie O'Grady, Maura Dunne or Audrey Tate, who will rectify the situation.
The Ballagh senior citizens party
The Ballagh senior citizens' Party will be held in Bob's function room on January 11 the invitations will be issued shortly. If you have any unwanted gifts that you would like to donate for prizes they would be much appreciated.
The Ballagh Split-the-pot
Thank you to all participants for your continued support. It costs just €2 to play and envelopes can be found in all local businesses: Tim's Chipper, Caroline's Hairdressing, Bob's Bar, Lounge, Shop and Takeaway, The Sawdust, Barry Walsh's Car Servicing, The Unyoke Cafe, Dick Britton PVC Ltd., The Trading Post, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Bolands XL.A bumper Bonus Draw will take place on January 4.
Congratulations to Mary Doyle, Ballinerode, Oulart and Conaill Cooper, Monageer, who announced their engagement recently and to Laurence Prendergast, Glenagark, The Ballagh and Laura O'Dwyer, who did likewise. Their many friends in Oulart and the Ballagh extend best wishes for the future to the happy couples.
The very popular John Stamp celebrated his 60th birthday recently, in Bob's Bar, The Ballagh, surrounded by family, friends and former hurling team-mates. Instead of birthday presents, John requested that a donation be made to help the Hope Centre with its very valuable work. The grand total of two €968.46 was generously donated and will be a great help to the Enniscorthy - based charity. John would like to sincerely thank all who contributed to making his 60th birthday such a wonderful occasion and he extends a special thank-you to Bob's Bar for hosting the very enjoyable party.
The next date for social dancing in Oylegate Community Centre is Sunday, January 12. Music on the night is by the hugely popular duo, Teddy and Cathal Barry, who make a very welcome return to Oylegate. Dancing from 9.30 p.m. Admission €8. Come along and enjoy a lovely night of music and dancing.
GAA syndicate winners of €100 in the December draw were Tom/Siuin O'Mahoney and Mick Heffernan, lotto winnings were €106.The club extends sincere thanks to all who have supported the club during the year and wishes everyone a healthy and happy New Year.
Parish Draw 2020
The parish draw for 2020 is being prepared at the moment. The draw provides essential income to the parish. A word of thanks to all who are contributing to the draw. If you would like to contribute to this monthly draw as a NEW member in 2020, please contact Fr Byrne or the parish office. There are collectors in many areas of the parish who call to collect the monthly subscription; this can be paid monthly, annually or whatever method is convenient.
Going forward for 2020, collectors are required to collect in the following areas - Coolanick, Bog Road/Bleachlands, Ryane/Ballysillagh.
If you think you might be able to help as a collector, please contact the parish office as soon as possible to allow final preparations be made for the first draw in January 2020.
New Year wishes
Eamon and Sue from Mernagh's Lounge would like to wish all their customers a very happy new year.
Oylegate Text Alert
It is time of year to sign up for the forthcoming text alert year. Under GDPR rules all participants need to sign a form to register for the coming year. These forms are available at Mernagh's or the Slaney Inn for collection. They need to be completed and handed back in to the committee, and your participation in this scheme is vital to help keep our community safe.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Muintir na Tire are offering free carbon monoxide alarms to senior citizens or people living or their own. If anyone is interested in getting these alarms please contact Eamon Mernagh or Willie Kavanagh for more details.
The first responders are now up and going and are looking for new members to join this worthy team.
Senior citizens party
The annual senior citizens Christmas party will take place on Sunday, January 19.
Poker classic continues every Friday night in Mernagh's Lounge Oylegate at 9.30 p.m.
The lights will be on at the walking track at the GAA Grounds every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the facility is available to all in the community, so come along and stay fit over the winter months. The couch to 5k group meet Wednesday evenings. All welcome to take part.
Local Link Wexford
Local Link Wexford provides secure, reliable and affordable transport for the rural communities of County Wexford. Services are open to everyone and all ages. The services will accommodate those attending appointments, shopping etc. Where possible they will collect passengers from their homes. An information booklet together with timetable is available at the back of the church.
Please note Mass times in Oylegate: Saturday vigil Mass is at 6.30 p.m. Sunday morning Mass is at 10.30 a.m.
The children of St Fintan's NS have been extremely busy in the run up to Christmas. Junior and senior infants put on an Oscar-winning performance of the Sleepy Shepherd. A carol service and Nativity play was held in St Fintan's Church. Beautiful singing, violins, guitars, glockenspiel and recorders filled the church as the pupils of Fifth Class dramatized the Christmas story.
Orla O'Connor in junior infants, Dawn Weber Ni Chianáin in third class and Kate Kelly in sixth class won prizes in the County Council Recycled Christmas Decoration competition.
And finally, Santa arrived by Garda escort to the school on Friday morning to hear of any last minute changes before he sets off on Christmas Eve.
Bingo at TAG
Bingo every Tuesday night in TAG Centre. January Jackpot €700 Last weeks winners. 50/50 pat Moran Winners of free book. Single: Mary Wall Double: Mary Quirke
What's on in TAG
Tuesday: Yoga 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bingo 8 p.m., doors open 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday: Pilates 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Forever - Fit 50+ 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Jive/Quickstep with Paul 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Thursday: Drama Classes 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Irish Dancing: 6.10 p.m. to 7.10 p.m. Line Dancing 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: Chiropodist: First Friday of every month. Next visit-Friday January 10.
Counselling Service: Mona 085 1083539.
Camross Drama Group
A new diary is a must this time of year, and here are some dates to fill it. 'The Year of the Hiker' by John B Keane will be performed locally as follows: Friday, January 31 - Camross Hall Sunday, February 2 - Fethard-on-Sea Saturday the eighth and Sunday, February 9 - Clonroche Saturday the 15th and Sunday, February 16 - St Michael's Hall, Wexford town. The play will then go onto the three Act festival circuit. Like our Facebook page.
Important date for your diary. Our AGM will take place on Monday, January 14, at 7.30 p.m. in the club house. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated.
Skills Funday: If you have a daughter between the ages of 6 and 12 that has an interest in playing camogie, please bring her along to the centre on Saturday, January 11, at 10 a.m. for an introduction to camogie. More information will be available next week. If you have a daughter under-14, under-16 or under-18 tha wants to play this year please contact Sarah (086 2127038) and she will go through your options.
We have had great success this year with our junior ladies winning the double in both the league and championship, although it was along year the ladies never gave up and battled it out to the very end and thankfully it was all worth it in the end. This year the committee have been making great strides to try revive the underage teams in the club. Although its still a work in progress 2020 seems to be looking brighter for the future of our club.
Off the pitch the club also had success, our two big fundraiser for the year (the table quiz and our Hurling for hope raffle) both gained great support from not only the local community but also far and wide. The committee would like thank everyone that supported them this year, either by selling tickets, sponsoring prizes or just support in general. We are very grateful.
From all in the club we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.
St Garvan's school news
FAMILY RESOURCES - Congratulations to all the winners in the Christmas Art Competition run by the Taghmon Family Resources Centre. Many thank to Mary and Ray for all their work and to the centre for their sponsorship of the prizes.
KNOCKEEN NURSING HOME VISIT - Pupils from St Gravan's NS visited Knockeen Nursing Home on Thursday, December 19, to sing Christmas Carols for staff and residents. A very enjoyable time was had by all and our students and staff received a very warm welcome.
TAGHMON DAY CARE CENTRE - Members of the Taghmon Day Care Group visited us in the school on Wednesday, December 18, where they were entertained by children. Refreshments were provided afterwards and a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.
Keep safe and enjoy the Christmas break and see all the pupils and staff on January 6.
Taghmon ICA held its last meeting on December 5 in the Scout Hall. President Mary Noonan opened the mtg. Maureen Roche was congratulated on her second place at the Wexford Federation mtg., arrangement of autumn Leaves in a jam jar. All, who attended the Guilds' Christmas dinner in Greenacres had a lovely evening.
Our guest Demonstrator Pauline Kehoe gave a very interesting talk and arranged many beautiful pieces using all the seasonal greenery and flowers, she made it look so easy. On behalf of the guild Joan Bell thanked Pauline for her inspirational demonstration, she also thanked all the visitors who joined us and wished everyone A happy Christmas.
The competition was won by Maebh Dolan, nicest sprig of holly. The evening ended with a nice tea served by Mary Monaghan.
Next meeting January 15 at 7.30 p.m. New members are most welcome, join us for a few meetings and see if the ICA is for you.